The #8 Greatest Video Game of All Time

We continue our way down the top 25 video games of all time! Our choices are weighed quite heavily now as these games that have been in our hearts for many years must be decided upon. You have now seen the same game pop up for multiple people. I can’t wait until the end when we list them all out for everyone and see what stacks where. We could even weigh the games with the most and highest picks! And if you missed the others on our countdown, please check them out: #25, #24,#23, #22,#21,#20#19#18#17#16#15, #14#13#12#11#10, and #9.

Kai – Rise of Nations My favorite RTS (real-time strategy) game ever, Rise of Nations is a historical RTS spanning all of human history.  You pick a civilization and start with a small settlement in the Ancient Age, build farms and buildings, conduct diplomacy and trade, raise armies and research technologies, and eventually end up in modern times with stealth bombers and nukes.  

Rise of Nations combines a great theme with really solid mechanics, getting rid of a lot of the tedious elements of earlier historical RTS games.  In addition to fun multiplayer, the Thrones & Patriots added some fun historical campaigns, allowing you to play as either side of the Cold War or Alexander the Great.
 
My best memory of Rise of Nations is my friend Jason and I stay up all night playing game after game (each one lasting 45 to 90 minutes).  We put in dozens of hours in both multiplayer skirmishes (usually allied against the AI) and single player campaigns.
 
 I haven’t played it in years, but I can’t imagine it’s any less fun now than it was then.  There’s a new “Extended Edition” on Steam, so there’s no excuse not to pick it up and give it a try if you’re looking to spend an afternoon taking over the world.

Andrew – Bioshock As we get higher, a lot of these choices for me come down to how excellent I feel the story is…Bioshock for instance is not on here because of its shooting prowess, in fact the gameplay mechanics for 1 & 2 were not great and did not find its pace until the third entry of Infinite. The graphics, music, and story and how the overall narrative plays out is just fantastic. That first scene where your plane explodes and you have to descend into Rapture just makes it feel so epic.  The 3rd instance of the series might make the least sense but it’s the most beautiful and fun and hopefully the series continues and we get more diverse locations. Now would you kindly move on to the next entry…

Fit – Jedi Knight Series It’s twice in a row, now, that my brother and I have been so close with our games. I suppose we did grow up together. For this series, I can’t just pick one game like Kai did–I’m saying the whole series from Jedi Knight to Jedi Academy and everything in between. This series is big for me. Jedi Knight was the first “violent” game I was allowed to play and my 10th birthday party was centered around it (my poor friends). I was so excited for it–I wasn’t even allowed to watch Kai play it before I was ten (though I still snuck in peeks). This game was all about The Force for me–I loved all the different force powers. My favorites include Force Persuasion (go unseen) and Force Grip (of course). Although I played all the single-player missions, I was big into the multiplayer. This was one of my biggest multiplayer games–lightsaber duels, capture the flag, even role-playing! I spent many an hour in the Jedi Knight universe. I remember nobody would ever believe that a 12-year-old girl beat them in a lightsaber duel. These games will always be fun for me and I’m sure I could still go back and rock some duels. 

Po – Shadow of the Colossus – Refuse to acknowledge video games as art? Play this, and your mind will change.

Hungry – Resident Evil 2 – While RE5 crushed online co-op play, O.R.C. made sliding and shooting a blast, and RE4 delivered one of the BEST games of all time, we might have never seen any of those titles if RE2 (Biohazard 2) hadn’t launched this series to superSTARdom. (Like what I did there?) This is and has been one my favorite series for nearly 20 years since we first got scared out of our minds by Tyrant in 1998. The need to save every bullet imaginable, playing two different timelines intertwined, the difficulty of trying to play through on harder difficulties without saving and getting an S, the choice of a submachine gun or a larger inventory… legendary. This game is nothing short of legendary, and revolutionary.

That brings our #8 to a close. Have you played any of these games? Have you heard of all of them? Can you predict what’s coming next?! Comment below! And as always, stay hungry and fit!